Another Europe trip for Melania Trump means forging new relationships

July 6, 2017

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met,” the first lady said at the end of the visit, speaking to American troops and their families in Sicily. “As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me: We are all the same.”…

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McConnell’s test: Can he do more than obstruct?

June 27, 2017

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing a major test this week. Since revealing the details of the Republican health care plan, McConnell has watched as a number of important senators in his own party announced their concerns or opposition. Some, such as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have urged him to postpone the vote based on the assumption that, at this moment, it would not pass the upper chamber where…

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Koch brothers’ political network critical of Senate healthcare bill

June 25, 2017

Colorado Springs (CNN)As growing opposition imperiled passage of the Senate version of the healthcare bill, leaders of the conservative Koch network voiced sharp criticism of the legislation at their donor retreat here — stating that the bill needed dramatic changes before they would support it. “This Senate bill needs to get better. It has to get better,” said Tim Phillips, a top lieutenant in the network who recently met with…

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Trump Reaches Out To Lawmakers On Healthcare As Another Says ‘No’

June 24, 2017

President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their partys healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a very, very narrow path to passage. White House officials said on Friday that Trump has been in touch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and made calls on Thursday and Friday to other lawmakers. Were pleasantly surprised with a lot of…

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No tapes? Trump has us through the looking glass

June 23, 2017

(CNN)As the Mad Hatter of the White House tweeted his response to Congress’s questions on Thursday about the existence of audiotapes related to James B. Comey’s firing as FBI director, he stayed true to character. “I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” President Trump announced. But he also added that “with all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I…

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Chelsea Clinton accuses Bannon of ‘fat shaming’ Sean Spicer

June 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)The punchline, for lack of a better word, in a piece in The Atlantic on the much-maligned decay of the White House press is a text message, presumably joking, from White House adviser Steven Bannon to a reporter explaining why Sean Spicer has spent less and less time in front of cameras at the podium. We don’t KNOW that Bannon was joking, mind you. He didn’t respond to follow-up…

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Melania Trump moves in

June 11, 2017

(CNN)The White House East Wing has thus far been functioning with a first lady in absentia — but soon, that will change. What we learned about Melania Trump from her first international trip Melania Trump’s role on first foreign trip What issues will the First Lady embrace? How Melania Trump met the 45th President

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LGBT community prepares for a march — and a fight

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Two years after the White House was adorned in rainbow colors to commemorate the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, gay rights activists and lawmakers are preparing to march on Washington again, saying the current President threatens to erase those gains. The march Sunday, which will commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the shooting deaths of 49 people and wounding of more than 50 others at gay nightclub in Orlando,…

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‘She’s A Human Being’: Reality Winner’s Parents Assert Her Innocence

June 9, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. A collection of framed Beatles record covers adorn the living room wall of the house where 25-year-old government contractor Reality Winner lived until late last week. One room is empty, save for a rug where she practices yoga, a book titled The Art of Peace and prayer beads. In her bedroom, a blanket with a giant picture of the Pokemon Pikachu is laid neatly on her bed. It…

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdueunveiled the new hive home to a growing population of some 20,000 bees at an event Tuesday and urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse an ongoing worldwide decline in the bee population, according to a White House release. Friends of the Earth, called the White House request extremely hypocritical in light of the administrations proposed cuts to funding for environmental protection….

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Trump’s EPA Chief Aided Polluters For Years. Now Suddenly He Says The Mess Is A Priority

June 1, 2017

WASHINGTON If you listen to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator , the biggest environmental problem facing the United States isnt climate change (, anyway), or lead-tainted drinking water or . Its that Barack Obama didnt clean up the most contaminated and hazardous sites across the country. A declared that Pruitt was here to clean up the Obama administrations toxic mess. The former Oklahoma attorney general would have the American people believe…

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South Carolina Democrat’s Poll Shows Progress Against GOP Rival

May 31, 2017

The margin is an improvement from a 16-point deficit in March, according to a summary of the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research Group polling obtained by HuffPost that wasfirst reported by The Washington Post. The special election to fill the seat vacated by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney will occur the same day Democrats hope to take control of Georgias 6th Congressional District, where Democrat Jon Ossoff is up against…

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Trump Administrations Womens Rights Lip Service Turns Irony Up to 11

May 23, 2017

Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced to a room of incredulous reporters that President Donald Trump made womens empowerment a priority during his campaign. But that wasnt even the emptiest gesture the Trump administration made for womens rights today. After civilization collapses and humans are all but wiped from Earths memory, all that will be left are cockroaches and the echoes of bitter guffaws of feminists who watched…

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Trump’s Budget Takes From Safety Net, Gives To Military

May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump wants Congress to cut food stamps and other anti-poverty programs in order to pay for more military spending and a border wall, according to a budget proposal the White House will formally unveil on Tuesday. Trumps budget for fiscal 2018, a summary of which the administration released late Monday, would plow the savings from welfare cuts into higher military spending and deficit reduction. It also adds…

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Report: Big Cuts To Medicaid Coming In Trump Budget This Week

May 22, 2017

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The healthcare bill faces a difficult time in the Senate, where Democrats and some Republicans worry about its impact on costs for low-income Americans, among other issues. More than 44 million Americans received benefits from the SNAP program in February according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductseCom Rocket eCom Rocket…

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Tips for dealing with a toddler and also Donald Trump

May 21, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Donald Trump is a man whose behavior follows the whim of his impulses and tantrums, much like a toddler, and the world is scrambling to accommodate it. Officials in the White House and from governments around the globe have tailored aspects of governance to the new president to fit his notoriously short attention span and…

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Anderson Cooper: If Trump Took A Dump On His Desk, Jeffrey Lord Would Defend It

May 20, 2017

Cooper on Friday was askingJeffrey Lord, a CNN contributor and Trump surrogate, about the president reportedly calling former FBI Director James Comey a nut job to Russian officials at the White House. But Lord continued his unconditional support for Trump, saying U.S. presidents can say whatever they want. Cooper, apparently fed up, interrupted: If he took a dump on his desk, you would defend it. Last year, Lord claimed there…

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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington

May 17, 2017

Other lawmakers and policy experts gathered at Washingtons Four Seasons Hotel focused on defending the Barack Obama-era status quo against President Donald Trumps onslaught, rather than on proposing ambitious new ideas. In her scathing remarks, Warren portrayed a Washington compromised by the largesse of big corporations and the ultra-rich long before Trump came to power. The former bankruptcy law professor and originator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau decried the…

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White House struggles to answer GOP questions on Capitol Hill

May 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)As the White House rushed to contain the fallout on Capitol Hill during a head-spinning week of controversies, one senator resorted to mime to describe his reaction. He mimicked a cat, claws out, hanging on for dear life by clinging to a tree. “We’re all just like this,” the senator told CNN, shaking his head. Chaffetz: I’m ready to subpoena for Comey memo Senator: Trump’s request impeachable, if true…

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Another Trump crisis craters GOP agenda

May 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s governing agenda, which only 10 days ago showed signs of gaining steam, appears to have derailed after he allegedly shared classified information and dismissed FBI director James Comey, both of which threaten to alienate Republicans while bogging down the White House once again. Hours after The Washington Post reported Trump shared information about terror plots with Russian officials in the Oval Office, alarmed lawmakers on Capitol…

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